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Denes High 'delighted' with Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 16:56 10 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:52 06 July 2010

DENES High School, in Lowestoft, has been hailed a good school with outstanding features during their latest Ofsted report.

The inspection carried out before the Easter break revealed a strong business and enterprise ethos, which pervades much of school life.

DENES High School, in Lowestoft, has been hailed a good school with outstanding features during their latest Ofsted report.

The inspection carried out before the Easter break revealed a strong business and enterprise ethos, which pervades much of school life.

Standards reached in national exams have risen markedly since the last visit, while students with learning disabilities make good progress.

Parents actively support the work of the school to make every lesson count, but there remains a small minority of students who are reluctant to participate.

The report said: “Students enter the school with attainment well below average. They make swift and sustained progress to reach standards that are broadly average overall, an improvement since the last inspection.”

In 2008 57pc of students attained five A* to C grades compared to 38pc in 2006. However attainment in English and mathematics is below average.

Inspectors praised the quality of creative work and the care, guidance and support given to each pupil to develop the sense of security, confidence and skills to succeed. Teachers were also celebrated for the way in which some develop pupils' key skills.

Headteacher Mick Lincoln and senior staff were deemed as positive, inclusive and approachable, with a “can do” attitude, while business centre Aspire was noted for promoting entrepreneurialism, adding to the picture of a school that embraces the local community, including parents.

Mr Lincoln said: “We are delighted with the Ofsted report. It gives a good account of the Denes many strengths, in particular the outstanding care, guidance and support given to students, how safe they feel and how well the school links with parents and the local community. We feel that it provides an excellent blueprint to improve even further.”

The Yarmouth Road school has been asked to build on students personal and social development by ensuring that students raise their attainment particularly in maths and English, attend school regularly at critical times, broaden their understanding of community, participate fully in opportunities to develop healthy minds and bodies and apply their initiative and creativity to their learning across all subjects.

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